The Love Bridge - Some interesting Facts Findings

When I was incepted in Kolkata before 8 months, there was hardly anything other than my best friend and Howrah Bridge that I knew about.

Gradually, as usual my journey towards exploration then started, to see new places, to learn new language, to experience new feelings and to see life OUT OF THE BOX, its inevitable for me, always, I am born like that only.

Anyways, the journey and experience is astounding. Suddenly, rather recently, I have realised bridges have become an integral and some special part of my Bengali life. Surprised..!!! me too..

See, I stay in Kestopur. For coming here from Salt Lake I have cross either 7 no. bridge or Boishakhi bridge both of them are present in 2 forms : Concrete and Bamboo. amazing structures. I am crossing these bridges since the time I stepped in here. Then I came to know that the case is not onlt with me but almost every Bengali has a special importance of Bridge in his life.

And no wonder that, when you see Howrah Bridge, sounds and feels so True.. Such a giant structure with no pillars below. I have experienced the summer of Kolkata which is almost killing for someone like me who is for the first time in Kolkata directly from little bit warmer n colder place. Its been said that in this heat Howrah Bridge expands by 4ft in the day time. You will believe this when you'll experience the heat.

BTW, for now its Vidyasagar setu aka Twin Howrah Bridge for me, something very closer to the beating side of body.

Lets Bridge the Gaps. The journey will continue...

Fact File
» Cost: Rs. :388 crores
» Established - 1992
» Supported by - 121 wire cables, 457m. Long & 115 m. wide.

Located 2 the south of Howrah Bridge, the Vidyasagar Setu is Kolkata's newest suspension bridge across the Hooghly.

About Vidyasagar Setu
Vidyasagar Setu, also known as second Hooghly Bridge, a Golden Gate Bridge which connects the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. The morning scenes of slipping Kolkata from this bridge is simply mind blowing. With 9 lanes of traffic routes the bridge is capable of handling more than 85,000 vehicles every day.

It was built to reduce vehicular pressure from the latter. The construction work took 22 years and cost Rs. 3.88 billion and finally it was opened to traffic officially on 10th October 1992. It is a most sophisticated engineering marvel and the world's third largest cable-stayed bridge. Supported by 121 wire cables, it is 457 m. long and 115 m. wide. This graceful structure stands on four pylons, on a foundation that is 100 m. deep. It affords a panoramic view of the Calcutta skyline. The Vidyasagar Setu or the second Hooghly Bridge spans over the Hooghly River linking Calcutta to its twin city of Howrah and on to Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. This is a toll bridge and gives a fast connection from downtown Kolkata to the Botanical Gardens (which has the world's biggest banyan tree) and the Bengal Engineering College.
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Poems by R.Tagore

The very reason to display the poems by R. Tagore is the awareness, rather unawareness, i can say, about his compositions. Although, his compositions involved a deep rooted, universal and certain kind vivacious thinking, sometimes the mango man (Aam aadmi aka common man) becomes inevitably handicapped to sip the hidden ideas or to grasp their true sense.

Nevertheless, there are not all of those which deserves the same treatment. displaying below are some of my favorite compos from my collection over the period of time I know the Legend.

This is an appropriate occassion of Independence Day of India to share them with you guys.

Hope you like them.

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be
fearless in facing them.

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the
heart to conquer it.

Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to
my own strength.

Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but
hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Grant me that I may not be coward, feeling your mercy
in my success alone; but let me find the
grasp of your hand in my failure.

-Rabindranath Tagore


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where the words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action --
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

-Rabindranath Tagore
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Swine Flu..

There is no need to get panic regarding the current epidemic Swni Flu. Let me rationalise the same alongwith few preventive measures, stepwise -

The Vital sysmptom: Common chest discomfort along with persistent cough.

So, how do you know if you have flu or just cold?
There is one clue: when you have the flu, you feel flu symptoms sooner than you would cold symptoms, and they come on with much greater intensity. With the flu, you may feel very weak and fatigued for up to 2 or 3 weeks. You'll have muscle aches and
periods of chills and sweats as fever comes and goes. You may also have a stuffy or runny nose, headache, and sore throat.

Actions to be taken immediately :

First and foremost is to take medical assistance on following contact details :
Outbreak Monitoring Cell (Control Room, NICD): 011-23921401

For my Pune beloveds:
Pune: Dr. Naidu Infectious Disease Hospital,

Ph: 09923130909

For my Bengali Family:

Beliaghata Infectious Diseases Hospital,

Ph: 09433392182

Drugs being used in the Treatment are mainly Antivirals:

- Oseltamivin commonly known as Tamiflu and

- Zanamivir as Relenza

N.B. : Relenza, not to be administered in the children less than 7 yrs. and Tamiflu less than 1 yr.

These are sureshot drugs but the exact timing of administration and diagnosis are important.

The most important - PREVENTION

Follow this general procedure to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus, you should:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, using a tissue
  • Throw the tissue away quickly and carefully
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Clean hard surfaces (like door handles and remote controls) frequently with a normal cleaning product
  • Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick. Do not go to work or school while ill
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated
  • Wear a facemask – if available and tolerable – when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others.


B.Sc. (Microbiology & Zoology)
M.Sc. (Biochemistry)
PGP (Human Resources and Marketing)
- Former Associate, National Institute of Virology, Pune
- Former Research Associate at National Center for Cell Sciences, Pune.
- Member National Health Service, UK, wesite, webMD

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hey.. dis is my new blog account that i hv just started.,Thanks to Alok.

I am really excited about this as I am having lot more things to share with you people. Ofcourse, at the same time i would like to be a part of never ending learning process.

Although this creature is interested in each and everything n each n every topics that exits on this Mother Earth, no maths n physics please, the vital contributions my side would be on Life sciences, literature, Trekking n Moutaineering n much more as far as something that strikes to my mind.

The Randomness of Life would be an interesting n facinating topic to u people as very less has been told n written about it. I shall try my best to be the wholehearted contributor of this.

The warlords n legends loved by that inuntiated GOD have already done so much work on the vary topics those I have mentioned above. I would act as their follower n believer and would share my little experience from the time i came to this world.

Looking forward for the generous support..!!

Tough Times Never Lasts..But Tough People Do..!!!

Shantanu. :)

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